Sunday, May 13, 2007

Differences between Japanese and American Emoticons: Study

There was a fascinating news article last Thursday on how culture affects the reading of emoticons between the Japanese and the Americans. Because Americans focus more on the mouth when attempting to read facial expressions, our emoticons have also evolved this way, :) for example, the parenthesis representing a smiling mouth. The Japanese, on the other hand, rarely use exaggerated expressions when emoting, so culturally, they focus on a subject's eyes when reading expressions. Consequently, their emoticons have evolved to emphasize the eyes, ^_^ where the carrots are smiling eyes. If you've ever been on an anime forum, you would see a whole range of these asian style emoticons.

Then, of course, there's the whole subgenre of lolcaticons. I wonder what the study would have to say about them:

Update: See here and here for more examples and explanations of Japanese emoticons.


joeschmo1of3 said...

I've been waiting for you to post that picture. That winking cat gets me, every single time!

Petrarchan Motif said...

Dude - the happy asian face cat ^^ is my favorite. The little kitten doing XD is a close second.

OttavaRima said...

pet. you are funny.

Petrarchan Motif said...

Yay! an Otta visit!

SBH said...


That's all I got.
Plz thx, Pet

Chell said...

LOL! I love the kitty cat expressions. The eyes have it, as far as telling true human emotions.